WINGHAM will need a much improved batting performance if they are going to worry second placed Port Pirates in the Mid North Coast Premier League cricket clash at Laurieton tomorrow.
The Upper Manning side currently sits in fourth place after seven matches after what has been an indifferent start to the premier league season.
They've already given leaders Rovers (28.5) and Pirates (25.5) too much start in the race for a top two position. Wauchope RSL, winners over Wingham last week, sit in third place on 15.5 with Wingham fourth on 11.
Port City remain in the hunt for a top four berth on nine points.
Wingham's batting crumbled in last weekend in the clash against Wauchope at Wauchope.
Opting to bat first, Wingham managed just 107 mainly due to the last pair of Steve and Josh Rees, who managed a 32 run partnership. Wauchope RSL lost just one wicket in the run chase with opening batsman Nathan Lyon slamming an unbeaten 77 in better than even time.
The premier league will break for Christmas after the round on December 19. Wingham play Port City next weekend, have the bye and then tackle Rovers. The Kempsey-based Rovers remain unbeaten this season, the club's best performance in the premier league to date.
The competition will resume on Saturday January 23, with the semi-finals to start on Saturday March 13 after a 20 week competition-proper.